The Nedbank Cup kicked off in earnest this week as 32 teams battled it out for places in the next round, and 11 teams including Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are already into the last 16.
For many teams, this is the start of the dream of potential silverware, especially with Sundowns looking like they are set to run away with the DStv Premiership title.
But of course, Sundowns are also the defending champions of the Nedbank Cup having made a clean sweep of domestic silverware in 2021/2022, and South Africa’s number-one club are likely to be pushing to defend their title, especially after failing to retain the MTN8 trophy earlier this season.
The round of 32 is where the 16 DStv Premiership clubs entered the competition.
They were joined by eight teams from the Motsepe Foundation Championship, and eight teams from SAFA’s regional amateur competitions.
The 16 MFC sides played one preliminary round to book their places, while most of the SAFA teams have played about five prelim games to reach this stage.
Eleven teams have now booked their places in the last sixteen, seven of those are DStv Premiership outfits.
The only real upset so far has been former winners SuperSport United’s exit at the hand of ABC Motsepe outfit Dondol Stars.
The Results So Far:
Mamelodi Sundowns 3-2 Richards Bay (7 February, Loftus Stadium)
Marumo Gallants 3-1 Magesi FC (7 February, Royal Bafokeng Stadium)
Sekhukhune United 6-0 Liver Brothers (8 February, Peter Mokaba Stadium)
SuperSport United 1-2 Dondol Stars FC (8 February, Lucas Moripe Stadium)
Maritzburg United 0-2 AET Kaizer Chiefs (10 February, Harry Gwala Stadium)
Cape Town Spurs 3-0 Baroka (10 February, Athlone Stadium)
Golden Arrows 2-1 AET Pretoria Callies (11 February, Princess Magogo Stadium)
FC Black Cross 1-2 Venda Football Academy (11 February, Dr Molemela Stadium)
Stellenbosch FC 3 – 0 Swallows (11 February, Danie Craven Stadium)
Mpheni Home Defenders 3-0 Clarewood JPM (11 February, Thohoyandou Stadium)
All Stars FC 0-2 Orlando Pirates (11 February, Bidvest Stadium)